Louisiana

Four people from Mississippi have died in an early morning accident on Interstate 12 in Louisiana. Louisiana State Police tell Baton Rouge-area news outlets that the accident happened around 5 a.m. Thursday in Livingston Parish.

Authorities said a Mississippi driver and three passengers were heading east when a westbound car driven by 57-year-old Willie Smith of Loranger crossed the median. What caused the car to cross the median wasn't immediately known.

2 Killed In Ruston Tornado

Apr 25, 2019
Jay Curtis / KEDM

It’s a grim scene in Ruston today. A tornado hit the city around 2:15 a.m. causing widespread damage. According to initial reports, the storm caused two casualties near Interstate-20.

National Weather Service  had been tracking the storm from the Texas - Louisiana Border.

A 54-year-old Louisiana man is in custody for allegedly shooting a teenage boy.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says the incident happened Thursday night in Natalbany.

The Advocate reports Rickey Nelson, of Independence, faces a charge of manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of 13-year-old Robert Stevenson, of Natalbany.

It was unknown if Nelson is represented by an attorney. Bond information was not immediately available. Nelson allegedly shot Stevenson around 9:40 p.m. during a large disturbance outside of a home.

Jury selection must be started over for a man charged in the death of a Louisiana police officer because some young adults were unintentionally excluded from the jury pool.

Grover Cannon is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley.

A woman found inside a submerged car in Louisiana has been identified.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says the victim found Saturday in floodwaters in Calhoun was 80-year-old Patsy Meeks, of Calhoun.

The News-Star reports investigators said Meeks was traveling on Golson Road, south of I-20 in Calhoun, when she went around road barricades and unfortunately got carried away by floodwaters that accumulated after severe weather hit the area.

She drowned inside of her car.

A proposal to ban the creation of most new freestanding emergency rooms in Louisiana has won support from state senators, amid concerns the ERs threaten the survival of the state's fragile rural hospitals.

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills, the Republican who sponsored the proposal , said stand-alone emergency departments cherry-pick services that generate the most money from patients and drain dollars from rural hospitals that already operate on narrow margins.

The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to the tragedies.

A Louisiana abortion clinic is asking the Supreme Court to strike down regulations that could leave the state with just one clinic.

A divided high court had previously agreed to block the law pending a full review of the case. An appeal being filed with the court Wednesday says the justices should now take the next step and declare the law an unconstitutional burden on the rights of women seeking an abortion.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office is holding nine meetings across the state in April and May to help choose locations for a new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.

Nungesser's office oversees state tourism efforts. It says the trail is planned to tell the story of Louisiana's role in the civil rights movement.

The nine meetings start April 22 in New Orleans and Hammond. They continue in Lafayette, Opelousas, Alexandria, Thibodaux, Monroe, Shreveport and Lake Charles through May 22.

A child's body has been pulled from a drainage ditch in Bastrop near Baron Ball Park. Bastrop Police told local news outlets that the deceased is an 11-year-old boy.

His name has not been released. Police believe the boy was a victim of flash flooding that occurred in Bastrop on Sunday night.

The child was reportedly last seen Saturday afternoon but not reported missing. He was discovered in the ditch Tuesday.

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